As you might be aware, Leeds United employee Samu Saiz is currently being investigated for taking part in ‘deceit’ (read match fixing) in football games in Spain’s third division.
One of the clubs supposedly involved is C. D. Sariñena, where one of the player’s close friends, Carlos Martin Briones or “Charly” for short, was contracted back in 2017.
The 29-year-old has since moved on to different clubs several times, spending last season with Mora CF, but both spent their entire Tuesday in court to give their side of the events alongside their lawyers.
During the session, both players revealed that their current situation, i.e. being related to Operation Oikos (that’s what the investigation is called), has hindered them both personally and professionally.
Relayed by Diario del Alto Aragon, the Leeds United player said: “It’s affected me a lot because a lot of teams who trusted me on a sporting level have backed out because of these situations that have taken place, and I do not know why this is happening.”
The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Getafe, and it’s clear he would like his time at Elland Road to come to an end in the near future, wanting to remain in Spain.
However, it appears he may need to wait until this whole ordeal comes to an end before getting his wish.
Saiz is contracted to Leeds until 2021.